Monthly Archives: May 2014

EG 190: The Rights of Peoples

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, doesn’t really break any new ground with this section. He cites basic Catholic social doctrine: 190. Sometimes it is a matter of hearing the cry of entire peoples, the peace is founded not only on respect for … Continue reading

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Knowing Christ

The students have “WNL” (Wednesday Night Liturgy) weekly during the summer session. Tonight they did Lectio Divina, and naturally, I could not stay away. (I had some last-minute packing up in my office to boot.) The Scripture they gave was … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 69: A Day of Solidarity

It’s a bit of serendipity that as we are discussing solidarity in Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, the topic arises in our examination of an earlier document from an earlier pope. Sunday, in St John Paul’s eyes, is “A day of … Continue reading

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A London Symphony

Readers here know me as a lover of American music of all sorts. And early music, too. Music from about 1750 to about 1900 interests me little. There’s just a lot of it and orchestras seem to play it all … Continue reading

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EG 189: More On Solidarity

A bit more on solidarity. The Holy Father suggests that private ownership of goods is not an end to itself. He also says that when reforms are lacking the “generating” of new attitudes, their potential fruitfulness is doomed. Do you … Continue reading

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Can Survivors and Allies Disagree?

Lots of speculation online today about the “three bishops.” Mark Silk is convinced one must be Robert Finn, my ordinary until I left the diocese in 2008. Another speculator, Josephine McKenna, considers Scotland, Poland, and Chile. Predictably, SNAP higher-ups have … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 68: No Emptiness or Boredom

Sunday rest isn’t about inactivity or laziness. There is a real purpose for the day: 68. In order that rest may not degenerate into emptiness or boredom, it must offer spiritual enrichment, greater freedom, opportunities for contemplation and fraternal communion. … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Metaphor And Cynicism

From the mouth of Pope Francis, and it seems especially apt for American Catholics these days: A priest who does this betrays the Body of the Lord, because this priest must lead this child, this boy, this girl, to sanctity, … Continue reading

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EG 188: Defining Solidarity

In the Old Testament, we find in the psalms and the prophets the plea of the poor for justice. This plea is repated for the ears of the Lord in the Gospels: heal us, feed us, free us from demons. … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 67: Sunday Gives Perspective

Can Sunday become a bastion where our attachments to consumption and collection might fade? If so, Saint John Paul suggests we will get in touch with more of our truly human aspects: 67. Through Sunday rest, daily concerns and tasks … Continue reading

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Camelopardalis: Inside the Spots

I did not stay up to view the rocky debris that appeared to originate from the northern sky the other night. Universe Today has this detailed report from Minnesota. The Camelopardalid meteor shower may be new, but I have known … Continue reading

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Bishops In The News

The NYT features its archbishop in this piece highlighting shifts in Roman Catholicism over the past fifteen months. John Allen is quoted: It’s not that he’s out of favor or irrelevant. But both in terms of who Rome listens to in the … Continue reading

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EG 186-187: Looking To God’s Chosen Ones, The Poor

In Evangelii Gaudium 186-216, Pope Francis examines “The Inclusion of the Poor in Society.” 186. Our faith in Christ, who became poor, and was always close to the poor and the outcast, is the basis of our concern for the integral development … Continue reading

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Unpopular Popes

Jimmy Mac sent me The Tablet link suggesting the pope is surrounded by sharks: (In her book, author Hannah Roberts) names the main characters of the conservative “opposition”, which include Cardinals Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … Continue reading

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Borrowers

A few months ago my wife picked up a $5 2-movie disk. One film is my favorite adaptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers. I used to fuss about movies that strayed far afield of the books, but the 1997 film is … Continue reading

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